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Watch David Oyelowo give a powerful speech as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma' clip

David Oyelowo takes on the role of Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and in a new clip from the film, we get a glimpse at one of King’s famous speeches as Oyelowo’s King demands the right to vote.

The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Lorraine Toussaint.


David Oyelowo reportedly lines up 'Americanah' role

David Oyelowo, currently winning acclaim for his performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, will appear opposite Lupita Nyong’o in AmericanahVariety reportsREAD FULL STORY

'Selma' first look: David Oyelowo takes on Martin Luther King in upcoming film

A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.

Delays are nothing new in the long saga of bringing MLK’s life to the big screen. Despite the success of Hollywood movies focused on African-American figures Malcolm X, Ray Charles, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, it took the work of a relatively unknown female director, a British actor, and Oprah Winfrey to make an MLK biopic finally happen. Selma chronicles the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights leader during three intense months in 1965, from the “Bloody ­Sunday” assault on protesters to the historic march through Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The film will have an Academy run in December before rolling out nationwide by MLK weekend in January, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the events it depicts. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch joins military thriller; Plus, Kristen Stewart boards 'Still Alice,' more

• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is attached to star in Blood Mountain, a thriller from director Sergei Bodrov about a military contractor whose team is ambushed, leaving him solely responsible for bringing a terrorist to safe grounds. The Morocco shoot is supposed to begin in April. Cumberbatch’s Alan Turning biopic The Imitation Game is currently in post production, and he’s also attached to star in the adaptation of The Lost City of Z. [Variety]


Casting Net: 'Lone Survivor's' Ben Foster heads to 'Warcraft'; Plus, Kevin Hart cast as LeBron James' brother, more

• Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]


Casting Net: Oliver Stone confirms Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

 Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]

Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens teaming up with vampires? Plus, Matt Walsh, more

• Vanessa Hudgens is on a roll. After scrapping her Disney image this year for Haromy Korine, the Spring Breakers star is reportedly in talks to join the cast of The Kitchen Sink, a blacklist script about an alien invasion, and the small-town teenagers who have to join forces with vampires and zombies to defeat the unwelcome visitors. Rescue Me star Denis Leary recently joined the cast as well, which currently includes Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) and Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Robbie Pickering, who wrote and directed the SXSW indie Natural Selection, is set to direct the project. [The Wrap]

• David Oyelowo, who recently starred in Middle of Nowhere and will appear in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and David Gaysi (Cloud Atlas) have joined the very, very large ensemble cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. [The Wrap]

• In a brilliant mash-up of television comedians, Matt Walsh (Veep), Retta (Parks and Recreation), and Lamorne Morris (New Girl) have joined the cast of Sex Ed, a Haley Joel Osment indie about a middle school sex ed teacher who lacks his own experiences. Isaac Feder is making his feature debut directing the project. [Variety]

Casting Net: Dev Patel in early talks for Neill Blomkamp film; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

• Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is in early talks to star in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, a sci-fi film with social and political themes based on his short Tertra Vaal about a police force of robots. The British actor is a regular on The Newsroom and will be reprising his role as Neal in the second season of the HBO show, which starts up again on  July 14. [THR]


Casting Net: Nic Cage in talks to star in more mainstream 'Left Behind' reboot. Plus: David Oyelowo, Kara Hayward

David Oyelowo (The Help, The Butler) is attached to play famed boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in a biopic based on the biography Sweet Thunder: The Life And Times Of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood. Game Change writer Danny Strong, fresh off of his Emmy win for the HBO movie, and Moneyball producer Rachael Horovitz will produce, with Oyelowo as executive producer. Haygood wrote a script draft, and Strong may do a rewrite, according to who’s chosen as director. [Deadline]

• Kara Hayward, the up-and-coming actress so doe-eyed yet serious in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, has joined the cast of another kind of teen flick, The Sisterhood of Night. Caryn Waechter is directing from a screenplay by Marilyn Wu, adapted from a short story by Steven Millhauser. Hayward takes on the role of a girl who exposes a secret society embedded within her New Jersey junior high, a contemporary take on witch hunts in New England. [Deadline]

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